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anticipation of possible agreement on the fiscal cliff. no deal has been reached yet, but both democrats and republicans have scheduled party caucus meetings this afternoon with the senate likely to recess for those meetings. legislative work will start with executive nominations. we are live now in the senate floor on c-span 2. the presiding officer: the senate will come to order. the chaplain, dr. barry black, will lead the senate in prayer. the chaplain: let us pray. mighty god, have mercy upon us because of your unfailing love. because of your great compassion, let us feel your presence today on capitol hill. as we gather this weekend with so much work left undone, guide our lawmakers with your wisdom. show them the right thing to do and give them the courage to do it. be their shelter in the midst of the storm, regardless of how high the waters rise. when they feel exhausted, remind them of the great sufficiency of your grace. look with favor on our nation and save us from self-inflicted wounds. we pray in your great name. amen. the presiding officer: please join me in rec
there is no fiscal cliff. let me say second act conservatives and republicans -- about conservatives and republicans who are demoralized, get over it. we had a bad election. we did a number of stupid things. we faced an opponent who worked harder than we did, did some clever things. ronald reagan, one of his most important single statements is february 1975 in washington at the conservative political action committee meetingment now, i was part of this. i ran in '74. i've had no sense of timing. so i picked watergate to run in. [laughter] i'm in georgia. i'm a yankee-born army brat with a strange accent, a weird name running as a republican during watergate. this was beyond not clever. [laughter] this was like, you know, don't give him money, pay for the therapy. [laughter] in december of 1974 republican party id was at 17%, and there was serious talk about is the party going to disappear and be replaced. now, it was nonsenses, but it was serious talk , and i was part of the group doing serious, in-depth analysis of what went wrong and why did it go wrong. they actually had a series of commercials c
has a compassionate alternative to what happens if we go over the fiscal cliff. true, from the very beginning i have favored a comprehensive solution to put our fiscal house in orderings something along the lines of the simpson-bowles. we don't have that luxury right now. but perhaps it will only soften the blow of the fiscal cliff but also give us a sense of urgency about a grand bargain to repair our financial house. i am not so naive as to believe everybody is going to check their politics at the door, even at this late hour, but this is not a time for politicking, bickering or partisan games. to allow the country to plunge over the fiscal cliff without any alternative plans to soften the landing is completely unacceptable. i can't think of anything more irresponsible than to let this great country go over the fiscal cliff, to play games with the lives of americans in such a callous way, to jeopardize the financial standing of our country and to alarm our financial narcotics ways that could trigger another recession. something has gone terribly wrong when the biggest threat to th
panic. you run off the fiscal cliff unless you are insane and do what told. you are a bad person asking why is there a face call cliff. will america will be different on january 2nd if we hold our bleat and see what happens? second. you then go to distractions. the current distractions is grover norquist. i have known grover norquist for a long time. i think he's a fine person. he hold know elective office. and in fact, he wasn't elected president. he is the president of united states who is responsibility for figuring how to solve our problems who is not offered a single serious cost consulting measure. tell me what you think barack obama is going to go to the house and senate democrats and say i need a yes vote on this. instead of dealing with the fact that the president of the united states is once again totally failing to provide leadership, the president has gotten us worried about whether grover norquist defines the republican party. as we know, if we are not worthy of the news media's respect and love we are a party that disappear. listen to the tone of the language when you watc
democrats had to say earlier today about the fiscal cliff. let's turn now to the republicans, we're going to begin with senator john thune. >> in dealing with what has become probably the biggest fiscal crisis that our country has dealt with in some time. and i've heard a number of my colleagues on the other side come down and talk about the importance of getting a solution. we all want to get a solution. you don't want to have a situation tomorrow where tax rates go up on everybody across this country that has income tax liability. you obviously don't want to see our defense have to deal a senator: madam president, i ask unanimous consent that the quorum call be lifted. the presiding officer: without objection. mrs. hutchison: madam president, there is a lot of buzzing going on around the capitol today. here we are new year's eve and so many of us have hoped that we would have an agreement that would be really a big agreement, a long-term agreement that we would like to have had finished maybe by september, certainly by october, but that was not to be, and in fact as we saw in the electi
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